Botanical Gardens/Arboreta

Aldridge Botanical Gardens

Since Aldridge Gardens opened in 2002, the 30-acre former property of well-known horticulturist Eddie Aldridge and his wife Kay has become a popular attraction in the greater Birmingham area. 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover, Alabama 35216. Tel: 205-682-8019. Cost: Free.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Alabama's largest living museum with more than 10,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains 25+ unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. 2612 Lane Park Road, Mountain Brook, AL 35223. Tel: 205-414-3900. Cost: Fee.